Gradeated!!

Baccalaureate is over. Commencement has come and gone. The degree is conferred. And now it’s Monday.

My husband is a college graduate! What started a little over ten years ago has finally come to completion.

The tests, the papers, the night classes are behind us and the future is waiting.

Well, not really.

Unlike the typical college graduate not much will change for us now that Josh is graduated. He will still have the same job. We’ll still live in the same place. The only thing that will be different is that he’ll have one less thing to divide his time.

Maybe now he can work more on his music!

Congratulations Joshua!

I’m proud of all you’ve accomplished and excited for what God has ahead of you!

Counting Down

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Time is running out!

These next few weeks are ones of major transition for our family.

They will include the end of a decade long pursuit of education, recognition and title. A goal that at times seemed out of reach, but which God has helped to bring to completion.

In just 19 days Josh will graduate from Life Pacific College.

When we began college we were single, naive and carefree. The completion finds us married, (hopefully) wiser and responsible for 3 (very soon-to-be 4) small people.

Which brings up the other transition.

In 48-ish days we will be welcoming another son into our family.

What was once 5 will become 6. What was once an office has become a bedroom. What was once meant for study and theology is now a place for play and make-believe.

There’s so much still to do in preparation for both of these events.

Papers to write, distance learning classes to complete, announcements to order.

Clothes to wash, sort & put away. A name to pick. Announcements to order.

Add to this list the normal daily chores, family and friends visiting from out-of-town and a handful of birthdays and we’ve got a crazy road ahead of us.

It’s all exciting though…and most of all it’s all in God’s hands.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

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Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbors…Conference?

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It’s starting. I can feel my eyes turning green as I sit here.

Conference season is upon me. Leadership conferences. Ministry conferences. Blogging conferences. Writing conferences. You name it, there’s most likely a conference for it…and I’m not going.

Now before I sound too much like a pouty 5-year-old {too late?} let me take a step back.

I love to learn {anyone else hearing Hip Hop Harry? Just me? K. Continue reading}.

I also love to feel included and in the know. Mostly this is because I’m competitive and I can’t be a contender if I’m not on an even playing field.

So, as the tweets and blog posts start rolling in about this conference and that convention I feel left out and very insignificant.

Looking at the situation logically, it’s silly of me to even entertain the idea that I, pregnant or with a newborn (depending upon the date of the conference), could attend anything this year. Not to mention what I would do with the three children I already have at home who would need to be taken care of.

So, with green eyes glistening, all I ask is this: Could you please share your notes?

And hopefully one year I can come too.

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So I wrote this post last night, but hadn’t published it yet…

Guess what I found today?!

A free online blog conference THIS WEEK!

So for all those other bloggers out there who are in the same boat as me…here’s our chance!

What’s something that you have been feeling envious about that just isn’t possible in your life right now? Have you found ways to ease that jealousy without giving up on your dream?


A Momentous Day

Yesterday Josh and I went up to LA for our Foursquare Licensing Luncheon. We ate at the House on the Hill which was one of Aimee Semple McPherson’s homes and then took a tour of the Foursquare Central Offices. We got to go up on the roof to the ICFG helipad, which has a magnificent view of downtown LA. We also got to meet Pastor Jack Hayford, the President of Foursquare.

It was so exciting to realize how close we are to accomplishing a goal that’s been 10 years in the making. I’m graduating with my BA from Life on May 9th and if all goes as planned Josh will graduate with his next May. We both have our licensing interviews in the next couple of months and then who knows what the future holds.

With my 29th birthday two days away I can see my 20s coming to an end and instead of feeling depressed about that I’m excited!

I’m excited to see all the changes and plans God has in store for us in the next decade. This one has been full of beginnings: marriage, parenthood, college, ministry. Now we can move on to the part when God matures us and furthers us in the things He’s begun in us.